Despite its success throughout the years, there are a lot of people who still think the blockchain hype will go bust in the next few years. While there are several thousands of use cases for this technological marvel, very few of those concepts have come to fruition. The year 2016 will be an interesting one for the blockchain and Bitcoin alike, as all of the VC funds has to start paying off sooner rather than later.
To many people around the world, Bitcoin and blockchain technology still make very little, if any sense at all. That may seem only natural, however, even these people will have to admit the concept is not just another hype, as initially thought. There are a handful of reasons why Bitcoin matters to the world, and over time, to every individual on this planet as well.
Now that the year 2015 is in the books, Bitcoin enthusiasts and investors are looking ahead to what 2016 will bring for the digital currency. The past twelve months saw a record amount of VC funding flowing to various Bitcoin companies and startups, despite the not always positive news about Bitcoin. Will 2016 be the year of digital currency, or will the entire ecosystem be undermined by a certain type of user?
Every now and then, the digital currency ecosystem receives positive marks from unlikely allies. Visa, one of the world’s leading credit card issuers, recently stated how 2015 was a breakthrough year for payments. With transaction volumes growing and new players joining the game, the next few years will be very interesting to say the least. Additionally, the blockchain is no longer a payment tool that can be ignored either.
A lot of people have been wondering as to why blockchain technology suddenly became of such interest to financial institutions around the world. There are several reasons attributing to this status with 2015 having been a year of many success stories. In the end, these stories might lead to the global adoption of Bitcoin as well.
In the FinTech sector, there is no clear industry leader just yet, as the playing field is wide open for participants from all over the world. Certain areas are destined to do better than others, such as London, Silicon Valley, and the entire country of India. One city most people tend to overlook is Dublin, Ireland, where the FinTech sector is booming despite its challenges.
More and more companies all over the world are starting to see the benefits of digital currency and its underlying blockchain technology. The year 2015 has seen some spectacular numbers regarding VC investment in Bitcoin and the blockchain, and Cherubic Ventures will add another RBM 30m to that total. Funding future innovation in the digital currency and blockchain industry is never a bad thing.
Interesting technological events are happening in Estonia right now. Ever since the country started their E-Estonia citizenship program, a lot of interested parties have been keeping a close eye on the proceedings. Just last week, E-Estonia announced blockchain-based notary services thanks to a partnership with BITNATION. But that is not all, as the Estonian government is asked to shed some light on their Bitcoin stance in the near future.
As much as digital currency enthusiasts would like to steer away from the banking system as we know it today, collaboration between both worlds will be quite important for the foreseeable future. Even Santander’s, Mariana Belinsky, seems to think along those lines. Any innovation in the Fintech industry will need some form of support by traditional financial institutions and Bitcoin – or Ripple, in this case – are no exception.
It is not often we can take the time to educate people on some of the core Bitcoin terminologies, but some misconceptions need to be addressed sooner rather than later. The recent issues affecting the Blockchain.info wallet and website are causing many people to believe there is something wrong with the Bitcoin blockchain, although they are two different matters entirely.